Instructor Biographies

Evan Adair, voice


  • Adjunct Faculty, Wilkes Community College
  • Recitalist, ASU Quintessential! ensemble
  • Voice Teaching Artist, ASU-CMS 


  • BM, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • MM, Appalachian State University

Originally from Raleigh, NC, Evan’s performance career has taken off with productions in Canada, Italy, Germany and throughout the east coast of th U.S. Recent roles include Uberto in Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona, the title role in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Frank Murrant in the Weill’s American opera Street Scene, Kecal in Appalachian’s 2016 production of Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, and Papageno in their 2017 production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.

Diane Bonds, cello


  • 25 years
  • Instructor, Parker Music Academy, Houston, TX
  • Adjunct Professor, Greensboro College
  • Currently: Cello Instructor, Music Academy of North Carolina; Cello Teaching Artist, ASU-CMS 


  • BM, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • MM, University of Texas, Austin

Specialized Certification:

  •  Suzuki Teacher Training, University of Houston
  •  All Level Music Certification, University of Houston


  • Students twice invited to perform at Suzuki Association of America Conferences
  • Former students attending major music schools such as Juilliard and Curtis Institute

Ingrid Forsyth, piano


  • Piano Instructor, ASU Community Music School
  • Alexander Technique, certified instructor

Through her work in Alexander technique Ingrid has found a deeper level of freedom, expression, and creativity in her music making. She teaches from the perspective that the person is the primary instrument and each student is unique in his or her learning process. Most of all, she wants to guide her students to find their own voice in playing the piano and inspire confident creativity.

Education / Interests:

  • BM Piano Performance and Spanish, Appalachian State University

Ingrid enjoys playing many different styles of music as well as writing her own music. In her teaching, she employs elements of the classical tradition as well as jazz, and encourages improvisation and


Kelsey Philbrick, violin & viola


  • Violin Instructor, Chapel Hill School of Musical Arts
  • Violin Instructor and Practice Tutor, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Assistant, Candida Yoshikai Suzuki Violin Studio Summer Camp
  • Asst Principal 2nd, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra
  • Student Intern & Section First Violin, Durham Symphony Orchestra
  • Co­Founder, Dissonance String Quartet, Greensboro, NC
  • Assistant Concertmaster, NC Chamber Orchestra
  • Principal Second, UNCG Symphonic Orchestra
  • Gate City Camerata Chamber Orchestra
  • Hot Springs Music Festival


  • BM Violin Performance (cum laude), UNC-Greensboro
  • Graduate student - Appalachian State University

Specialized Certification:

  • Suzuki Violin School Volume 1 Teacher Certification


  • Shirley & Bert Lynch Music Scholarship, UNC Greensboro
  • NCMEA Full Scholarship to Brevard Music Festival
  • 1st place, Solo Strings, DMTA Performance Festival

Professional Affiliations:

  • Recording Secretary, Mu Phi Epsilon Professional Music Fraternity, Alpha Xi Chapter


Bair Shagdaron, piano


Pianist Bair Shagdaron was born in Moscow, Russia and began studying music at age of four. In 1964 he entered the prestigious Moscow Gnesins Music School for Gifted Children where he studied under Esther Fedorchenko and Valeria Polunina. After graduating in 1976, Mr. Shagdaron studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under the renowned Tatiana Nikolaeva. In 1984, Mr. Shagdaron obtained his Doctorate degree in piano performance from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. In 1988, he assumed the position of Assistant Professor at the Conservatory and was an Assistant of Tatiana Nikolaeva for six years. In 1990, Dr. Shagdaron graduated from the Conservatory with his second degree in composition, studying under Albert Leman.


As an accomplished soloist, Dr. Shagdaron took fourth prize at the 1980 International J.S.Bach Competition in Leipzig, Germany and third prize at the 1992 International Competition for Piano and Orchestra in Mazara del Vallo, Italy. Also in 1992 he was awarded the Honorary Title of "The People's Artist of Buryat Republic" (Russia). Dr. Shagdaron has given master classes in Japan and also performed throughout the USA, Russia, Japan, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Belgium and Mongolia.


After coming to the USA in 1996, Dr. Shagdaron taught at Ottawa University in Kansas. In the fall of 2000, he joined the faculty of Appalachian State University as Assistant Professor of Piano. Dr. Shagdaron continues to actively participate in the music world of today, including the world premiere of Edward Bullock's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. He has been guest artist for An Appalachian Summer Festival, and soloist with the Western Piedmont Symphony performing the Second Piano Concerto by Shostakovich.